We’ve always had a soft spot for Ohio-made Forgeline Wheels. It’s not just because the company produces some of the best alloy rollers the world has ever seen, or because it is the preferred wheel for bespoke supercar manufacturers like Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus (SCG). No, it goes far deeper than all of that.
The family-owned and operated Dayton, Ohio operation is more than just a wheel manufacturer. It’s a revolutionary force in the automotive industry, and we mean that both literally and figuratively. Take Forgeline’s Flow Formed Series of wheels for instance…
After being brainstormed, blueprinted, and built from scratch from beadline to barrel in-house at Forgeline a few years back, these alloys went on to score the top at SEMA 2020, as the winner of the Best New Product Award.
While Forgeline has been rolling out flow-formed wheels for several years now, it is F01 Series that is of particular interest to us GM junkies. Engineered with the late generation Camaro, as well as C6, C7, and C8 Corvettes at the forefront, the F01 is the quintessential solution for those looking to fill all four corners of their ride with top-tier wheels and tires.
As one of the latest and greatest offerings from the iconic brand, Forgeline’s F01 series of wheels relies upon what the brand calls “advanced flow-forming techniques” to achieve what many consider strikes the ideal balance between budget-friendly and performance built.
What level of performance do we speak of, you may ask? Plenty. Please allow us to expound upon the point…
This performance street wheel relies upon processes that are reserved for only the highest quality wheels in this sector of the cast wheel category. Manufactured via the use of a Tilted Gravity Cast (TGC) methodology, for castings that crush the competition regarding resiliency, curb weight, and production turnaround time. Remember, time is money, and Forgeline is the kind of company that prefers to pass on the savings to the customer when possible.
Running rollers that are a hell of a lot lighter than traditional flow-formed wheels is also a top consideration for those throttling larger wheeled vehicles, like the fifth- and sixth-gen Camaro and C8 Corvette for instance. Being that sizing for the F01 series runs exclusively in 19 and 20-inch diameters, this additional weight savings is crucial not only in maintaining a balanced appearance but in retaining a street tire load rating of 1500-pounds per wheel.
Lip and initial gravity casting are covered to some extent, we downshift, and torque vector our way toward the formation of the remainder of the product. Here, Forgeline prefers to employ a formula that is exclusive to the barrels of its flow-formed offerings.
For the F01, its core is built upon something called “Cold Vertical Flow Form Technology.” While we won’t get too deep into the details of this cutting-edge tech today, it is worth noting that this relies upon the following factors when forming a wheel. By maintaining a virtually unwavering geometrical angle when spinning slant and an insane amount of control in the heating and cooling department, a stronger central structure can be formed.
What comes out, in the end, is a “Flow Formed” wheel that not only looks great but is far more durable and lightweight than a garden variety horizontal hot methodology. Furthermore, F01 wheels intended for Camaro and Corvette owners are fine-tuned with each chassis in mind. Buyers can also choose from three levels of concavity, to further suit their styling and performance needs, with shallow, medium, and deep being the obvious trifecta. There are also three different finish options to choose from, including Anthracite, Liquid Silver, and Black Ice for an extra $200.